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BACT LAUNCHES NEW HELP POINT SERVICE

24 January 2022

BURTON Albion Community Trust is looking to build on its pandemic response by providing a simple contact point to enable those in need to get vital help that will make a real difference to their lives.

BACT has been at the heart of the community response to the impact of Covid from befriending projects to the Vaccination Centre at the Pirelli Stadium and now wants to implement a new scheme making it simpler to access help and support.

Burton Albion Community Help Point launches today and will use staff expertise to create a pathway for those who need support to easily gain access to it.

John Widdowson, BACT’s Community and Partnerships Manager, said: “Burton Albion Community Help Point will form part of our legacy from COVID 19 and whilst the pandemic isn’t over, we hope this new initiative will continue long after COVID and provide wider support for the community.

“The idea is to provide a contact point for any member of the public to find support, advice and guidance.

“We will directly provide some of the support through one of our existing programmes such as walking football or our employability projects. Where we may not deliver a project, we will signpost people and ensure they get the support they need.

“We work closely with partner organisations such as schools and health agencies to identify people in need of support that can be delivered through our programmes and sessions and what we do know is that year-on-year there is a growing need for these services.

“The Help Point is an important next step for BACT and a service we believe will help more people find the help and support they need more easily.”

The Help Point will be a gateway to find support for (but not limited to):

  • Becoming more independent;
  • Improving health and increasing physical activity;
  • Raising aspirations and setting goals in life;
  • Developing social connections;
  • Becoming more employable;
  • Improving mental health and wellbeing;

Once you make contact, you will speak to a member of Burton Albion Community Trust staff who will explore more about your needs and goals and will recommend suitable programmes.

Programmes could include the Adult Weight Management Programme, Fit Fans, or Kicks which supports young people.

Individuals looking to get more active could be advised to attend Premier League Kicks sessions where young people can take part in a variety of sports, e-sports and youth hub activities which can lead to volunteering and training opportunities.  Adults may be encouraged to join our walking football, or women’s recreational sessions.

Those looking to get back into education or further their chances of employment could join the BBO Programme, where they will receive workshops and experiences based around workplace training, money management, social action projects and one-to-one mentoring.

To make a referral:

  • Visit https://forms.office.com/r/gmFC18DL29
  • Click the ‘Referral Form’ button
  • Fill out the form, including as much detail as possible
  • Wait to be contacted by a member of the Burton Albion Community Trust team

To find out more about the referral system, or to make a referral, you can call our office number 01283 246 207


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